Originating in the Vosges Mountains in the French region of Alsace, the fabled Moselle River flows north along the Luxembourg border and into Germany for 545km in total before it meets the Rhine River at the cultural city of Koblenz. The picturesque valley formed by the river is home to a rich tradition of wine making, Germany's oldest town and a strong Roman and medieval heritage. The section between Koblenz and Cochem is known as 'castle country' due to its abundance of castles including the fairytale Eltz Castle considered to be one of the finest in Germany. Based on a comfortable barge, this cycle journey along the Moselle and its tributary, the Saar, offers an ideal balance of activity, history, culture and relaxation.
INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1
This trip involves 6 days cycling of between 26km and 49km/16 to 29mi per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat.The trip is a grade 1 due to the flat terrain and dedicated cycle paths and is considered suitable for beginners. Electric bikes are available - supplement applies. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.
On arrival in Koblenz, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it's worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches.
The first section of the route today between Koblenz and Alken will be by boat. At Alken the cycle begins by crossing the river via a bridge and continuing along the banks of the Moselle. The first stop is Moselkern, a small town located at the confluence of the Elz and Moselle rivers. You can park your bike in the hikers carpark before walking (around 35 minutes) through the Elztal valley to Eltz Castle. Eltz Castle is considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany and has been privately owned by the Edlen Herren und Grafen (Lords and Counts) von und zu Eltz for more than 800 years. Guided tours are available in English. Continue cycling to the town of Cochem, overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards and is located in the bend of the river providing stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere.
This morning you will cycle along the windings of the river Moselle to Beilstein. After a short walk around this city you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe, Bremmer Calmont. Continue to Zell an der Mosel, which is well-known for the vineyard "Zellar Schwarze Katz". In the evening you will have the chance to visit a local winegrower where you can enjoy a wine tasting of some of the famous Moselle wines (supplement applies).
Today you will cycle to Traben-Trarbach, the city of Art Nouveau which displays historic architecture at its best. Afterwards you continue through the well-known village Krov to Bernkastel. Bernkastel-Kues is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. You will find the barge in Keus after cycling through the town.
Cycle tour to Piesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. Further on you come to Neumage-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Here you can visit the clone of a Roman wine boat. After lunch the cycle continues on to Mehring, a typical winegrowing village, where the boat is waiting for you.
The cycle this morning takes us past the small town of Pfalzel and on to Trier, considered to be Germany's oldest city. A ship will be waiting there for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman". There are numerous Roman and medieval sites of interest such as the Roman gateway, the Porta Nigra, which is not surprising given its incredible history and important position in the Roman Empire.
Today you will cycling along the river to Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice". As you explore the town you will enjoy the narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fisher and boat houses. In the centre of town you'll also find a waterfall which is 20 metres deep.
Trip concludes after breakfast.
On arrival in Saarburg, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Saarburg, known as "Little Venice", is a beautiful town with narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fishing and boat houses.
Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you to the Old Saar loop and onto Igeler Saule and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg with its well-known Baroque church and two grand towers. In the afternoon you will reach Trier where the boat will be moored. In Trier you have the option to take a city tour (additional cost). Trier was once the Roman seat of government and is known for its Porta Nigra, a gigantic city gate.
Today you will cycle to Mehring. This village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows, and is one of the biggest wine growing villages in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. The Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape 2000 years ago.
Cycle from Mehring along the river to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. We recommend having a break at the market square. Optional guided tour to visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards.
You cycle on the river to Traben Trarbach where Jugendstil architecture (a type of German Art Nouveau style) is on display. Continue to the biggest wine village in this region, “Zell”. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wines at a local vineyard (supplement applies).
This morning we cycle to Beilstein with its beautiful city centre, before continuing on to the town of Cochem. Overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051, the town is surrounded by vineyards. Located on a bend in the river it provides stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere. There will be time to explore its cobblestone streets and picturesque Old town.
Today the cycle route takes you to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Moselle. Here your boat is awaiting you, and you can enjoy the passing beautiful landscape from aboard. MS Patria will cruise to Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet.
Despite the rainy week, we managed to find great places to taste the wines of this beautiful region along the scenic Mosel River. The four of us really enjoyed the trip and the cycle paths were well paved, sign posted and level alongside the river. There was very little need to cycle though traffic on shared roads. The bikes were really easy to manage and all of the staff on the Patria were terrific.
J & I. Muir., Sydney, NSW, Australia
Our 8 day Moselle bike barge cycle trip was just fabulous. The accommodation was comfortable & clean, the food outstanding every day, the support from the crew & tour guide was first class and we so enjoyed the lovely scenery along the Moselle. Travelling with a really nice group of similarly motivated people made each day a lovely time to socialize & have a good laugh. Already looking at other cycle barge tours- it is such an easy way to travel slowly enough to appreciate what is around you!
M. Odinot, Wellington, New Zealand, 07 Jun 2017
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